New Delhi: Before the Pulwama car-bombing this year, 2018 was Kashmir’s bloodiest year in a decade. Over 150 Indian soldiers and policemen, and 300 militants were killed. Caught in the cross-fire, 160 civilians also lost their lives. Yet more young people were radicalised and joined the militancy.
For the first time, crowds of civilians began disrupting armed encounters, trying to save rebels from state forces.